Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) told reporters that protesters should get “more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is acquitted of George Floyd’s murder
Over the weekend, Waters had this to say:
Waters’ remarks prompted Chauvin defense attorney Erik Nelson to move for a mistrial. Nelson argued that Waters made statements that “I think are reasonably interpreted to be threats against the sanctity of the jury process” which had the effect of “threatening and intimidating the jury.”
While Judge Peter A. Cahill denied Nelson’s motion, he had a lot to say about “Auntie Maxine”.
Judge Cahill also stated that Waters may have given Chauvin a viable argument on appeal after the trial is concluded:
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”Hon. Peter A. Cahill
This isn’t the first time that Maxine Waters has called for crowds to get more confrontational for political reasons. We covered those instances here.
“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,”Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
One thing we know about Waters is that once she inserts her foot in her mouth, it stays there.
Let’s remain consistent: while it may be true that Waters has never clearly and unambiguously directed someone to commit violence, the issue is whether her words could be interpreted as violent rhetoric. Wasn’t that the reason that President Trump was impeached?
Given Congress’s torturous definition of what inciting violence looks like, which looks little like the legal definition, why shouldn’t Waters suffer the same fate as Trump?
The answer is simple: because if not for double standards, Congressional Democrats would have no standards at all. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Waters’ defense by offering her own interpretation.
The media is also carrying Waters. Don Lemon said that anyone with “half a brain” would recognize that Waters did not call for violence. If anyone is an expert on using “half a brain”, it’s Lemon!
But, in this case, he’s probably wrong again.